What to Look for in a Hair Growth Supplement

by Colleen Welsch on June 20th, 2019
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Hair loss in women is surprisingly common. (According to Harvard Women’s Health Watch, about one-third of women will experience hair loss at some point in their lives.) But that doesn’t make it any less stressful and upsetting! So many women are looking to grow thicker, fuller and longer hair. We know firsthand that hair growth supplements like Viviscal can be the solution to help your existing hair to grow thicker, fuller and healthier-looking. But what nutrients make a good hair growth supplement? And how do you know if hair growth supplements will work for you? Read our guide to what to look for in a hair growth supplement to help you choose the supplement for you.

Why Take a Hair Growth Supplement?

With stress, aging, genetics, and damage caused by environment and overstyling, our hair goes through a lot. All these factors can lead to breakage and thinning hair. And if your diet lacks specific nutrients, including vitamins, minerals or protein, it can affect your follicles’ ability to grow thick, healthy-looking hair, leading to more shedding or thinning.

So, a healthy diet with the right combination of vitamins and minerals can help you maintain that thick, healthy hair growth, even against these external factors. Taking daily hair growth supplements can actually improve the condition of your hair by providing follicles with more of the nutrients they need to grow thicker, stronger strands that are less prone to breakage and shedding over time.

What to Look for in a Hair Growth Supplement

The hair growth vitamins and supplements available today have a wide variety of formulations and ingredients. However, there are a few key nutrients you should definitely look for when shopping for hair growth supplements:

Biotin
Biotin, or vitamin B7, is a good vitamin to look for because it helps your body metabolize carbs and proteins in the foods you eat, breaking them down into compounds your hair follicles can use to create new hair structures. But don’t be fooled! Biotin is not the only vitamin your hair needs. See other super-important nutrients for hair growth below.

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Iron
This essential mineral helps make red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the hair follicles. Thinning, shedding hair can be a sign of iron deficiency.

Vitamin C
This powerful antioxidant plays an important role in the formation of collagen, which is a fibrous protein that provides structural strength to hair strands. Hint: Vitamin C can also help your body absorb iron more efficiently. So look for supplements that have both Vitamin C and Iron together.

Niacin
Niacin, or Vitamin B3, helps maintain the structure of the blood cells and can improve blood circulation. So it helps play an important role in delivering more nutrient-rich blood to your follicles to promote thicker, healthier hair.

Why Choose Viviscal?

So why choose Viviscal over other hair growth supplements? Sure, we’re a bit biased. But the Viviscal formula is actually backed by 10 published clinical trials and almost 30 years of research. It contains a breakthrough marine complex called AminoMar™ that you won’t find in any other hair growth supplement, plus it has Biotin, Iron, Vitamin C, Niacin and other hair-healthy nutrients like Zinc and Horsetail Plant Extract. Viviscal has been clinically proven to promote existing hair growth in three months. So your hair can look thicker and more voluminous in no time!*

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Viviscal user Grace, Before (left) & After taking Viviscal for 3 months

Have you tried Viviscal or another hair growth supplement? What were your results? Let us know in the comments!

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